Drug Abuse and Dependence - Treatment
You may take medicines to help you quit
or to help you overcome
withdrawal symptoms. Medicines often are used for
opiate drugs like heroin or certain painkillers.
Medicines that can help you include methadone (such as Dolophine) or Naltrexone (such as ReVia).
Treatment programs can be
outpatient, inpatient, or residential. They offer similar therapies. Your
treatment team can help you decide which type of program is best for you.
outpatient treatment, you regularly go to a mental
health clinic, a counselor's office, a hospital clinic, or a local health department
inpatient treatment, you stay at a hospital and have
therapies during the day or evening. You
most likely will then go to outpatient therapy.
- Residential treatment provides a place for you to live for 6 months or more while
you recover. You get therapy and 24-hour care.
Some treatment programs give rewards, called vouchers,
when you stay off drugs. The rewards may get bigger when you go for a long time
Many programs give regular drug tests while you go
through treatment. Knowing that you will be tested can make you more likely to
resist your cravings.
What to think about
People with drug problems
often have other problems. They may need other
treatments, or other resources may be available to help them with the drug
- If you have a drug problem and a mental
health problem, you will need treatment for both problems. Doctors call this a
- Older adults also may have drug
problems because of misuse of prescription medicines such as painkillers or
- Drug abuse in the military is like drug
abuse in the general population. But there may be other concerns, such as
post-traumatic stress disorder or
military sexual trauma.
- Some people are
sent to drug treatment because of a court decision. This may happen if you have
a drug problem and you commit a crime. A court may require treatment and then
keep track of your progress. Treatment often is available in prison.